Saved by Men

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Cinderella’s a role model –

rich prince she did wed.

So you must be a beauty

to escape life of dread.

Bookish Belle is a stunner –

ugly Beast is not nice.

So boys must be real handsome

for girls to think twice.

Snow White stays with men –

who refuse to do chores.

So to keep boys happy

you should clean dirty floors.

Pink lady was prey.

“Did she put up a fight?”

So girls just surrender –

treat those boys right.

Pretty Woman was Cinderella;

needing rescued again.

Men always save women –

will we ever learn?

The portrayal of women (and men) in the media is skewed and unrealistic; yet children and many adults believe they are not living up to societies expectations of what is acceptable. I’d love to see more balance in the media, less gender stereotyping and men and woman being shown on a level footing. Do you know they tried to make Brave’s  Princess Merida slimmer and more glamorous? It’s a Disney movie for young children! Thankfully a petition put a stop to that.

I’d be interested to know if you have a favourite female or male character from tv/film/novel you’d like to tell me about? I’m always on the look-out for positive role models to show the children I look after. I bought the book Rosie Revere Engineer last week and the children love it.  It has a positive message about not giving up and having a good first failure. A delightful book that both boys and girls love.

22 thoughts on “Saved by Men

  1. This post reminded me about a book by Allan Alburg, called Mrs Plug the Plumber, and it occurred to me that a series of Happy Families stories (from the card game) could be written, with the traditional roles reversed. I only read Mrs P the P once, so I didn’t remember much about it, but when I checked, I saw that it was part of a series of Happy Families stories. Bang goes my grand plan 🙂 although I don’t know how focused he was on breaking down the walls of sexism.
    It occurred to me that if all the roles were reversed that would be sexist in itself. We need neutralism…
    I think that may be my word. I prefer it to feminism or sexual equality, as it doesn’t place any accent on gender.

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    • Neutralism – I like that. I agree, sometimes they go overboard at reversing the roles and that is sexist as well. I checked Mrs P the P on Amazon. Sadly it does seem that Happy families books such as Mrs… The Waitress and Mrs…’s Laundry. Oh of course Master Money is the Millionaire :-/ I’ve just remembered Peppa Pig. I love that Mrs Rabbit has about 20 jobs, but it irritates me that they always make fun of hopeless old daddy pig. They wouldn’t do that to mummy pig, would they?

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